Efficiency drops off significantly after 60mph, so don’t put your foot down if you don’t need to.
Tyre pressure is easy to forget about and should be regularly maintained. Not only will it reduce your risk of things like punctures, but also save on fuel.
Tyres not inflated to the correct level will increase ‘rolling resistance’ and use more petrol. If you’re not sure what pressure your tyres should be at, check the glovebox for the driver’s manual. All the information you need will be in there.
Smoothly Does It
Like driving quickly, driving aggressively will put extra strain on the engine and how thirsty your car is.
Try and stay away from rapid acceleration and heavy braking (the two tend to go hand in hand). Basically, any jerky movements are best avoided, so be nice to the clutch.
Don’t Get Air-Conned
Air conditioning can be a life saver on a very hot or cold day, but it also needs powering.
As well as being completely rubbish to be sat in, the stop-start nature of heavy traffic is expensive on fuel.
Getting the car moving from a static position is the most taxing mechanism on energy consumption, so avoid it as best you can.
Of course, traffic jams are an inevitability of life for most so, when you are in one, glide in space as best you can and try to avoid stopping fully. Your new game might even make the traffic more interesting.
A Load to Bear
A lighter car is a happier car. Just like opening your windows, extra weight creates extra resistance, and you know what that means by now.
A car full of people, bags or just general clutter can make a big difference, so keep you motor as clean as you can.